Sunday, February 29, 2004 - Top Stories - Calif. High Court Won't Halt Same-Sex Marriages

This is insane...I'm not sure about civil unions (am against gay marraige), but it looks like an amendment is going to be the only way to stop the maddness and give us time to come to an orderly democratic solution.
Transom Shows: Darth Vader Impersonator Impersonator:

WHOA! You must listen to this!

Saturday, February 28, 2004

So, I think I may decide to give up listening to popular music for Lent.
Isreali MK's ask government to ban Passion

Isreali politicians should remember what happened to the last religious group that banned Christians from practicing their faith in the Holy Land.

Friday, February 27, 2004

Cops fired for issuing tickets in contest to see who could give out more.

I don't see what the problem is if the busts are legit. It's the cops' job to issue tickets for violations and the people were violating. The contest is about doing your job to the best of your ability.
Liturgical Press:

Taking Jesus Seriously: Buddhist Meditation for Christians by John Cowan

"In Taking Jesus Seriously, the words of Jesus become clearer when matched with the practices and insights of Buddhist meditation."

Does this strike anyone else as weird? We'll take Jesus seriously by appealing to Buddhism?

Your Heart is Red

What Color is Your Heart?
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Thursday, February 26, 2004

You are Jacques Lacan! Arguably the most important
psychoanalyst since Freud, you never wrote
anything down, and the only works of yours are
transcriptions of your lectures. You are
notoriously difficult to understand, but at
least you didn't talk about the penis as much
as other psychoanalysts. You died in 1981.

What 20th Century Theorist are you?
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Has anyone pointed out that Andrew Sullivan jumped the shark long ago and has now descended into raving lunacy?
Wow, I signed onto friendster and linked up with Tiff, just through her I'm linked to 4600 people!
Tiff 's Livejournal:

"Go Padre baby!"

Ick gag!
Trackback installed....
WNDU-TV: News Story: Local religious respond to Passion - February 26, 2004

I'll write some comments on this interview later. I watched it on TV.
Lost in Translation - Why Japanese gamers love avenging Pearl Harbor. By Clive Thompson

Totally ignored in this is that the Japanese were the bad guys, perhaps Japanese gamers like playing the good guys like everyone else. That's what makes it different than this situation Thompson suggests:

"How would U.S. citizens react to a game where you played as the 9/11 terrorists, flying planes into the World Trade Center? Will our grandchildren find that fun in 60 years?"

Got it? News | Bush's war over gay marriage:

"Frank's protestations notwithstanding, he clearly has some sensitivity to the politics of the issue: Frank reportedly urged San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom not to begin grant"

Perhaps Frank has just a modicum of respect for the rule of law? News | Bush's war over gay marriage:

"Kerry's nuanced positions could give Bush and Rove just what they need to attack him from both sides at once."

That's a nice way of saying that he waffles on the issues.

"The more Kerry has to explain why he opposes a federal constitutional amendment "defending marriage," the more he risks losing support from socially conservative swing voters."

Because he's a big social conservative himself...uh...

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

You are Gimli- the fun-hearted dwarf.
Go you! You actually ENJOY battle, you have the
ability to keep humour through-out. And hewing
Orc's legs from underneath them is your
favourite past time: being a short opponent and
surprising them when they least expect it. You
sure give them elves a run for thier money!

LOTR - Which Helm's deep Soldier are you?
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You are 0% obsessed. infact, i would go as far to
say that you were at least -20%. Oh well. I
guess some people have no taste.

How hobbit-obsessed are you?
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You're Compassion Fatigue!

by Susan Moeller

You used to care, but now it's just getting too difficult. You cared
about the plight of people in lands near and far, but now the media has bombarded you
with images of suffering to the point that you just don't have the energy to go on.
You've become cold and heartless, as though you'd lived in New York City for a year or
so. But you stand as a serious example to all others that they should turn off their TV
sets and start caring again.

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

You're Sudan!

Every time you get a headache, you reach for some aspirin, only to
realize that someone destroyed it.  That's just how things are going for you right
now... it's hard to eat, hard to sleep, hard to not have a headache.  You try to
relax, but people always jump on you about something that doesn't make sense.  If
you were a goat, you'd be a Nubian.

Take the Country Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid


Thomas has a blog now too....all it needs is some--content.
I may start going around calling The Passion anti-semiotic just to watch for reactions. Then I might have to expalin what semiotics is though and I don't think I could.
ophelia207: Here goes nothing....:

"I've been keeping a paper journal since i was about four."

I've written things on and off, I'm afraid blogging has actually distracted me from keeping as much of a journal as I would like (so has illness.)
The Corner on National Review Online:

"THURS NIGHT [KJL] there is Democratic debate with Larry King moderating. That's just unbearable.Posted at 12:09 PM"

Ouch! I totally agree.
The Corner on National Review Online:

"Jonah: Imagine the hit that the Feds will take when mafia capos start marrying each other to take advantage of spousal immunity! 'Do you, Tony Soprano, take this man, Paulie Walnut"
This editorial, I don't even know what to say. Bah!

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

White House Photos

These photos are great! Especially the ones of Cheney, we don't see a lot of him 'cause the left really hates him and 'cause he spends a lot of time at undisclosed locations, but he helps us sleep better at night.
C-SPAN has a great interview up with Chris Hitchens.
New York Daily News - Home - Jami Bernard: The Passion of the Christ

She complains about the appropriation of the passover meal, boy, she better never see a Catholic Mass then. Also, this explicitly and amusingly contradicts Jacoby who complains that it is entirely absent.
Boston Globe / Opinion / Op-ed / Is `The Passion` anti-Semitic?:

"As a Jew I cannot look at the savage murder of an innocent man as anything but a grievous sin."

Hello? Firey furnace anyone?

Saturday, February 21, 2004

Gallo of Sonoma--Wine Cellar Promotion

Wine buffs might be interested in entering this sweepstakes for a climate controlled wine storage cabinet.
You are Shetland Wool.
You are Shetland Wool.
You are a traditional sort who can sometimes be a
little on the harsh side. Though you look
delicate you are tough as nails and prone to
intricacies. Despite your acerbic ways you are
widely respected and even revered.

What kind of yarn are you?
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OpinionJournal - Taste:

Let's go back to Triumph the dog's contention that Quebec men are mostly homosexual. In 1991, Edith Cresson made the same allegation against the British. At the time, she was the prime minister of France. In other words, she wasn't just Conan O'Brien's hand puppet; she was President Mitterrand's hand puppet. And she was flesh and blood, which was indeed the main basis of her assertion: She claimed that as a vibrant sensual woman she found more men came on to her in the streets of Paris than London and concluded from this that Englishmen were obviously gay.

Instead of falling into po-faced whining like the Toronto Star, Britain's Sun ran a picture of two Frenchmen carrying those dinky little male purses they're partial to over there, under the headline: "They Don't Call It Gay Paree For Nothing." Instead of huffing and puffing about "racist filth" like Canadian Members of Parliament, one British MP attempted to introduce the following motion: "This House does not fancy elderly French women." That's the way a mature, confident society deals with such provocations--with cheap jokes and extensive lists of "Famous French Poofs"--not the reflexive cringe that cries "racism" and calls for "hate crimes" investigations.

Thursday, February 19, 2004

State Dept. Urges Americans Not to Jump from Airplanes in Flight Without Parachutes

See post below.
My Way News Photo - GAY MARRIAGE

Look how young they are, that's very sad.
Americans Urged to Leave Haiti


Which Founding Father Are You?
George Bush volunteered to go to Vietnam!

Jed Babbin on George W. Bush & National Guard on National Review Online
Blogs for Bush: The Legacy of The Dean Machine

Wow...this is lots of fun, brightening up my day.
McSweeney's Internet Tendency: Reviews of New Food:

"Ojingaa Dang Kong (Squid Balls) Submitted by Eric SilverThis is a favorite among the young Korean demographic, and don't worry, it doesn't endanger the future population of squids. It is actually a ball-shaped cracker that in essence shells an explosion of peanut butter, and get this: the cracker is squid-flavored!! At last, we no longer must toil away in our kitchens, trying (without nuclear capabilities, I might add) to fuse those three timeless elements of in-between meals pleasure: peanut butter gooeyness, a cracker crunch, and squid! They are readily available at your local store in Korea, and perhaps on a limited basis at your Korean store in your locale, or whatever. For any fans of the S'more, the infamous Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana sandwiches, and, hell, even Combos, this is a must try, or must miss, depending on how much you're into squid. I'm not particularly a fan, but going with the theme, I will most certainly recommend squid jerky, which is surprisingly like beef jerky, but guess what...."
Another amazing winner of a column from Jeremy Clark.
(They've unfortunately gone to a registration system, but it's free.)
Jeanetta should really link to this for benefit of her stalkers.

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

POE News: Rumsfeld Fighting Technique

This is incredible! I love this guy! (Link from the Corner.)
Hi Pakistan

"'Iraqi police stopped two Iraqis at a checkpoint north of Mosul. They were carrying a huge quantity of uranium to northern Iraq,' said General Hikmat Mahmud Mohamed of the Nineveh province's police department."

Michael Leeden also mentions this in his NRO column.

I don't understand...this would seem to resolve the question of whether there was an ongoing weapons program.

Tuesday, February 17, 2004 Arts & Entertainment | Passionate finger pointing

Jeanetta will love this one...
Jay Nordlinger's Impromptus on National Review Online:

We don't know whether The Story is true--you know: The Story, about John Kerry--but we do know this: We're not supposed to care. Because only prudes, morons, and sickos would care.

You know full well that the Democratic party, en masse, doesn't care: Their only concern is electability, and what will the rubes and squares think?

I say, every voter gets to act on the criteria he cares about. Every voter--every person--gets to choose what he values: what he admires, what he disdains. And he doesn't have to tell anyone, doesn't have to explain: He can just enter that booth, close that curtain behind him, and do his thang, all nice 'n' American.

...If you care, my friend, you don't have to feel guilty about it. So too, you don't have to discuss it with anyone. Just sift, and consider, as you will.

Hear, hear!

Monday, February 16, 2004


Saturday, February 14, 2004

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A suspected gunman who told a reporter he was battling ``alien clones'' during a 6 1/2-hour standoff at his home was charged Saturday in the deaths of a female firefighter and another woman.

ALYSSE! Control your relatives! / News / Politics / Presidential candidates / Dean bid shows signs of ending

This looks like good news, until you realize that he's talking about sticking around on the national scene as head of a "political movement" that's frightening.
PoliBlog: It's the Cheese-Toast-O-Meter of Love

Some interesting links here.

Friday, February 13, 2004

So I'm returning the learn Arabic book, I don't have time, though it looks remarkably easy, but really cause it didn't come with CD's as described, which makes it really hard.
It's now live that you can access my website through

Thursday, February 12, 2004



That could be problematic...
Soon you will be able to access my blog through a new domain name

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

The Chronicle Online - DCU sparks varied reactions:

"'We try to hire the best, smartest people available,' Brandon said of his philosophy hires. 'If, as John Stuart Mill said, stupid people are generally conservative, then there are lots of conservatives we will never hire.

"'Mill's analysis may go some way towards explaining the power of the Republican party in our society and the relative scarcity of Republicans in academia. Players in the NBA tend to be taller than average. There is a good reason for this. Members of academia tend to be a bit smarter than average. There is a good reason for this too.'"

So, the chair of Duke's philosophy department thinks that conservatives are stupid. ND students seek to establish gay-straight alliance

And why can't they find any comment on the other side of the issue?
Nation: Rep. Obey unlikely target of church discipline:

"'Why should a non-Catholic vote for a Catholic if they are going to be dictated to by a bishop? If we [Catholics] are going to be full participants in the public life of our country, non-Catholics cannot think we are dictated to by a hierarchical authoritarian body in another country,' said Broydrick."

Well, that's the Kennedy compromise for you; I think it was a mistake. I also think that the agreement of religious organizations to stay out of politics in exchange for tax exemption is a mistake. Speak out on politics and "damn the torpedoes!"
Nation: Rep. Obey unlikely target of church discipline:

"Others found the move counterproductive, even partisan.

"'All of the people the letters were sent to were Democrats,' said Bill Broydrick, a former Wisconsin Democratic Assemblyman. 'And on an equally important moral issue, the death penalty, which is normally supported preponderantly by Republicans, there is not a similar admonition.'

"Broydrick, who had a pro-life voting record as a member of the state legislature, said Burke's move reflects the agenda of the 'radical pro-life movement [that] has a partisan tinge to it.'"

See...that's just it, abortion is a more important moral issue than the death penalty. Abortion is a moral absolute, the application of the death penalty is a prudential judgment.

Monday, February 09, 2004

That '70s Campaign - Al Gore thinks it's 1976 all over again.--By Chris Suellentrop:

"'We have seen an administration which in my view more closely resembles the Nixon-Agnew administration than any other previous administration,' [Gore] said."

Umm...except of course for the actual Nixon-Agnew administration.
Mass for the Life of the World is perhaps the worst mass setting ever.
Shooting is too good for the Grammy producers.

Sunday, February 08, 2004

All Against Bush - Whom should the Democrats nominate?--By Christopher Hitchens

This is good Chris Hitchens, and I agree. Bush gets his endorsement. Edwards/Kerry is the way for the demos to go from who they have left(note the order).

Saturday, February 07, 2004

Peter Robinson on Ronald Reagan on National Review Online

Wow...that story just sends chills down my spine (the good kind).

Thursday, February 05, 2004

Which Empire Records character would YOU be? Hmmm?

jeanetta (10:39:20 PM): bah!
jeanetta (10:39:22 PM): i can't find my pants...
Hugi - H�hra�

All he needs to do is learn to play Widor.


You are usually very straight-forward. You have a passive personality and enjoy nurturing those around you. You are very grounded and prefer to keep things simple and honest.

Find out your color at Quiz Me!

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Spring Books: Authors capture deeper story of crisis:

"The story is told primarily through the careers of Dominican Fr. Thomas Doyle, a whistleblower who early on urged the bishops to listen to the victims and to stop hiding abusive priests, and that of Mexican Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado, founder of the Legion of Christ religious order. Maciel has been accused of sexually abusing seminarians. Under the norms enacted in the United States, given such accusations, he would have been removed from active ministry months ago. However, he remains not only a priest in good standing but a revered figure in Rome who has received clear signs of papal approval."

Actually, he was suspended back in the 50's and investigated and the accusations were found to be groundless. See the rebuttal at
Reference book on Giraffes

No word on whether it references imagined acoustic punk bands.
Pirate Supply Shop
A Crossroad for the Catholic Church (

John Allen is the go to guy for Vatican reporting, but George Weigel's analysis is far superior.

Tuesday, February 03, 2004 Life | Is America ready for the wild Kerry family?:

"The eldest Heinz brother is so far not part of the campaign. In fact, he doesn't seem to be much of a joiner. Teresa told Washington Post reporter Mark Leibovich in June 2002 that one of her sons -- presumably John IV, who has fathered her only grandchild, a daughter -- 'hates' her. Not much more has been said about him since, except that he is a reclusive Pennsylvania Buddhist who runs a school for wayward kids and is ... a blacksmith. "


"This is a vintage genuine REAL LINEN hand painted priests alb. It has unusual hand painted designs on the bottom and cuffs. It ius a HEAVY weight linen, NOT lite weight or fine. Ideal for COLD weather. It needs a washing & ironing, but it is in excellent condition otherwise. It isnt worn out or have holes in it. This one is ideal for a short FAT SACERDOTE. It is 50' long, 20' sleeve, neck opening is 26'. Possibly made by Omar the tent maker. "

Monday, February 02, 2004

The Fever Swamp by Meghan Cox Gurdon on National Review Online

Little kids are persuaded to put on "sexy" fashion shows by evil parents. College students are persuaded to put on The Vagina Monolgues by evil third-rate playwrights.

Sunday, February 01, 2004

Nation: Bishop nails 'promises' to cathedral door

That strikes me as a really poor choice of imagery.
The Word From Rome January 30, 2004:

"Despite the rather traditionalist thrust of a new translation of the Mass now awaiting reaction from English-speaking bishops' conferences (see NCR Jan. 23, New Mass translation said to be 'elegant,' closer to the Latin), one much-anticipated choice is likely to leave the most ardent traditionalists disheartened. In the new translation, just as in current practice, the priest says that Christ's blood will be shed 'for all,' rather than 'for many.'

Rendering the Latin phrase pro multis as 'for all' has long been Exhibit A in the traditionalist case against the English translation of the Mass following the Second Vatican Council (1962-65). Not only is it a loose translation, these critics insist, it flirts with heresy by suggesting that all human beings will be saved regardless of their moral choices or religious affiliation.
The outcome is something of a surprise since the new translation reflects a general sympathy to the traditionalist impulse...
One footnote. John Paul II has never declared himself explicitly on this issue, but one may glimpse his thinking in the recent encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia. When the pope refers to the words of institution, he uses the phrase “for all” rather than “for many.” Most notably, this phrase appears not merely in the modern languages, but even in the Latin version, where the text reads: hic calix novum aeternumque testamentum est in sanguine meo, qui pro vobis funditur et pro omnibus in remissionem peccatorum.

Hence we have a further instance where, despite media stereotypes of a “conservative pope,” some staunch Catholic conservatives actually feel dismayed by John Paul’s “liberal” instincts.

OK...this is an example of John Allen's "conservatives are insane" bias coming through. This is an issue for Remnant and SSPX types to go ape about, others to argue about, but not to think it's a huge deal. It's a rad trad issue not a conservative issue.
Mr. Goodbar is the best of the Hershey's Miniatures.
The Superbowl is not a reason for canceling a Mass.

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If you're wondering, that's:

USA, Canada, Spain, Italy, Vatican City, UK